Aug 17, 2022  
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2021-2022 Catalog 
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke 2021-2022 Catalog

Graduate Programs in Middle Grades Education

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Middle Grades Education, M.A.Ed.

Director: Camille Goins

Specialty Area Advisors:

Language Arts: Roger A. Ladd

Mathematics: Latoya Brewer

Science: Rita Hagevik

Social Studies: Serina Cinnamon

Program Description

The advanced Middle Grades Education degree program is designed for experienced teachers who possess or who are eligible to hold a Standard Professional I license in middle school education. Building on the background knowledge and experience of the classroom teacher, the program seeks to strengthen advanced academic competence through two teaching concentrations in the disciplines, and to relate advanced understandings of the learner, learning process, curriculum, and instructional strategies to the unique needs and characteristics of the emerging adolescent.

Students pursuing the M.A.Ed. are encouraged to complete the program's professional studies core within their initial 15 hours of graduate study. The required capstone course is taken toward the completion of the student's program of study. All M.A.Ed. candidates are required to construct and present products of learning such as action research projects and professional portfolios that are aligned with the advanced Master's degree competencies.

Program Goals

The Program will prepare the teacher to

  1. Develop an understanding of the history and philosophy of middle grades education and theories about its future development, including organizational components and assessment and evaluation in the middle school setting.
  2. Develop an understanding of middle school curriculum and practices appropriate for the emerging adolescent learner.
  3. Develop a greater understanding of the theoretical base, research, and exemplary practices of middle grades education.
  4. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the content and pedagogy of the middle school curriculum.
  5. Improve educational practice through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and action research.





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